Michael McMillan - President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael McMillan was appointed President & CEO of HEABC in August 2016, bringing the extensive health care operational experience and knowledge of the BC health care system he gained though increasingly senior health care administration roles to his leadership role at HEABC.
Prior to joining HEABC, Michael was Chief Operating Officer, Northern Interior Heath Service Delivery Area for Northern Health, where he was responsible for the delivery of high-quality health care services in Northern Health’s most populous health service delivery area. Before spending 18 years in the North, Michael held leadership roles at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock and Vancouver General Hospital.
Over the past three years, Michael has led HEABC in the preparation and execution of a bargaining strategy to renew the health sector collective agreements and the BC Physician Master Agreement, focusing on collaboration and a shared commitment to improving both the working environment for health care professionals and the health care services that BC residence rely on. In total, the agreements cover approximately 130,000 employees and physicians with an annual cost of approximately $15 billion.
Michael has a B.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences and an MBA, both from the University of BC.
Kerri Berryman - Executive Director, Nurse Staffing Secretariat
Kerri Berryman is an experienced healthcare leader with over 30 years of clinical practice, education and leadership contributions with expertise in strategic program development and planning, and operations and performance management. She has held progressive leadership and operational management roles as a frontline Manager and Director prior to joining HEABC for NBA Bargaining in the fall of 2018. Kerri leads the Nurse Staffing Secretariat team, which is responsible for the coordination and management of province-wide strategic scheduling and nurse staffing initiatives.
Kerri graduated from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing and started at VCH as a Clinical Staff RN. She became a Clinical Nurse Educator before leaving to pursue other opportunities, and then returned to VCH in 2007 as a Manager and assumed the role as Director, Workforce Planning and Optimization in 2014. Among her many accomplishments, Kerri was part of the employer bargaining committee during the 2015/2016 Nurses’ negotiations and oversaw the implementation of new master schedules for LPNs, bringing their schedules in compliance with the new scheduling language. Kerri also collaborated with operational leaders to implement and sustain innovative relief pool models, such as the Experienced Nurse Resource Team. Much of the work Kerri has been involved in has helped enrich the care experience for patients, residents and clients, and improve the scheduling experience for staff.
Kerri has a BSc in Nursing from the University of Victoria and an MSc in Nursing from the University of BC. She is a member of the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the Canadian Nursing Association, and the Golden Key Honours Society.
Tony Collins - Vice President, Knowledge Management & Compensation Services
Tony Collins, Vice-President responsible for the team that provides knowledge management, research, non-contract compensation and education services to HEABC members. Tony has more than 25 years of experience in human resource management as well as representing health sector employers in collective bargaining and third party proceedings. He has acted as the lead negotiator for the Facilities and Community collective agreements as well as various agreements with the BC Medical Association. He also represented the BC Government in negotiations with the Facilities Bargaining Association following the Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act.
Prior to joining HEABC, he was responsible for labour relations and occupational health and safety at a BC-based high tech manufacturing company. Tony has had numerous speaking engagements on labour relations and human resources. He is a member of the BC chapter of the Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA), the BC Industrial Relations Association (BCIRA), and the Health Care Leaders' Association of BC (BCHCLA).
Audra Fediurek - Executive Director, HEABC Recruitment Solutions
Audra Fediurek joined HEABC in January 2018 and leads HEABC’s Recruitment Solutions, which includes Health Match BC, Locums for Rural BC, Practice Ready Assessment BC , and the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry. In her role, Audra provides leadership, direction and management to Recruitment Solutions and its programs, including the development of strategic and innovative policies and programs to support provincial recruitment and retention practices, in addition to identifying and pursing opportunities to promote the activities of HEABC at the local, regional, national and international level.
Audra joined HEABC with over 10 years of experience in executive search, specializing in the recruitment and mobilization of healthcare professionals. Her proven track record for developing business and marketing strategies, delivering results and building relationships are a great fit for HEABC.
Audra graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Oxford in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University. She also holds a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from the University of Toronto and is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR).
Lyn Kocher - Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director, Corporate Services
Lyn Kocher is CFO/Executive Director responsible for leading the team that provides finance, administration, human resources and information technology services at HEABC. She has over 20 years experience in finance and accounting, mainly in the public sector. Prior to joining HEABC in 1992, Lyn worked in the private sector in both the oil and gas and real estate development fields. She is a Certified General Accountant and has also attained certification in Advanced Trustee Management Standards in Pension Fund Leadership. Lyn is a Trustee on the Municipal Pension Plan Board and was part of the team that negotiated joint trusteeship of the plan in 2001. She has served on the Inter Plan Audit Committee of the four BC Public Sector Pension Plans for over 10 years and is a Past Vice Chair of this Committee.
Matt Prescott - Vice President, Legal Services,Negotiations & Labour Relations
Matt Prescott oversees HEABC’s Legal Services, Negotiations & Labour Relations team, which provides contract negotiations and labour relations services to our members and government, and includes HEABC’s Physician Services group. Before being appointed Vice-President in May 2019, Matt led the expansion of HEABC’s Physician Services team as it took on the role of leading negotiations for a renewed Physician Master Agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Health. He has a strong knowledge of labour and employment law and litigation processes, and has successfully led all aspects of collective bargaining in complex, multi-stakeholder environments.
Matt was first recruited to HEABC in 2008 as a Labour Relations Consultant and has been successfully promoted to increasingly senior roles throughout his 10 plus years of service with HEABC, including time as Executive Director, Legal Services & Strategic Labour Relations and Legal Counsel.
Matt graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and began his career in the Labour & Employment group at Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm, where he represented public and private sector employers before both provincial and federal courts, various human rights tribunals and labour relations boards.
Tim Thompson - Executive Director, Strategic Integration
Tim comes to HEABC from the Provincial Bargaining Coordination Office of the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance Ministry as Executive Director, Labour Relations Research, Analysis and Compensation. He has worked in progressively senior roles for the Alberta Government for over 20 years, specializing in strategic workplace policy, labour relations, and collective bargaining.
In addition to supporting HEABC leadership, Tim will work closely with PSEC, supporting strategic projects in areas such as broad public sector mandate planning and development, workforce data and PSEC compensation base issues. His work will support the overall enhancement and improved integration of the functional relationship between HEABC and PSEC, especially concerning labour relations research, mandate development and strategic labour relations coordination.
Roy Thorpe-Doward - Director, Communications
Roy joined HEABC in 2013 and leads HEABC`s Communications Team, which is responsible for member communications, government, media and public relations, as well as internal staff communications. Roy is a graduate of the University of King`s College (Halifax, NS) Journalism Program and has 15 years’ experience working in increasingly senior public sector communications roles, including with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton International Airport and Fraser Health. Roy started his career as a community newspaper reporter in Golden, BC and is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.